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Month: September 2011

When you’re too chicken to paint…

September 15, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

When you’re too chicken to paint…

One of the things that I have wanted to do since going fulltime 2 years ago, has been to decorate the rv.  Now, I’m really not opposed to the neutral color scheme that each of our rvs has come with, but to leave them totally unaltered has seemed somewhat impersonal for our ‘home’.  I know lots of other families on the road that have been brave enough to paint their rvs, and while I have loved every color scheme that I have watched unfold on their blogs, it just has never given me enough courage to take the plunge and pick up the brush.  I love the trendy colors that I have been seeing, and even having the process laid out for me in pictures hasn’t overcome the fear that I will regret starting the never-ending ‘updating’ painting in our rig.  So, being a more timid interior decorator when it comes to our rv, we have gone the safe route… and have loved every bit of it!  When it comes to decorating that goes a bit beyond the towels and rug that... [Read more...]

DO NOT visit Washington D.C…………..

September 14, 2011 by · 9 Comments 

DO NOT visit Washington D.C…………..

… Unless you have a week or more to spend touring all of the museums and facilities. Seriously! We drove up to DC last week to meet three of our friends from out-of-town.  Fran was from New York, Paul from southern California and Selena recently arrived in the USA from China.  None of the three had ever visited our Nation’s Capitol.  They were totally blown away by the sights – especially Selena! Cherry Hill Campground Office Entrance Nancy, Oscar and I parked the RV  just north of the Capitol at Cherry Hill Park in Maryland.  Our friends checked into a nearby motel. The best way for visitors to get into DC is to use the Metro system.  DO NOT even think about trying to drive into the city. To board the Metro from Cherry Hill Park all you do is walk up to the bus stop in front of the park office.  There you catch a bus for a very short ride to the College Park Metro Train Station on the green line.  You should purchase your fare tickets at the campground office... [Read more...]

Safari Niagara

September 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Safari Niagara

While visiting the Niagara region a couple of years ago, we stumbled on an interesting zoological park that will please everyone in your family. Formely known as ZooZ, Safari Niagara will keep your family busy for the whole day when you enter their park. Right at the entrance of the park we were welcome by a garden snake which was just exploring the area. This garden snake was immediately picked up by one of the employees when we told them about it… Multiple guided tours are available as well as zoo university. Through daily interactive animal presentations, you will learn interesting facts on specific animals and birds that you can find at the zoo. We particularly like the Gibbons area where we were able to hear them make their cry – which was heard throughout the park regularly! While exploring the zoo we also learned more about various birds, saw buffalos butt heading each other, learned more about the different kind of bears, had some great time learning about the... [Read more...]

A Climb…in the Rain?

September 14, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

A Climb…in the Rain?

After our failed attempt on our trip this summer to locate a hike south of our Taos home base, we shifted gears and looked to the north. Still eager to get out and stretch our legs, but knowing we were planning a major hike when we arrived in Colorado later in the week, we were seeking  a shorter hike, something that would take no more than half a day; nothing more than 3-4 miles. The Williams Lake Hike in the Taos Ski Valley seemed like the perfect choice. Four miles long with a trailhead only 40 minutes from Taos, and a not too significant elevation gain so it would appeal to Meghan, the non-hiker among us, it seemed the answer to our quest. Leashing up the dogs The day following our impromptu Santa Fe trip, we planned the Taos Ski Valley hike, thinking we would enjoy a leisurely morning and head north just after lunch. However, once we had finished eating and looked to the north, it was clear they were getting some significant rain up on Taos Mountain. The weather report on the... [Read more...]

Unforgettable RV Trips — A Series — Number 1

September 12, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

Dateline 1974 We were a young family with two children. We loved camping and often went out six or more times a year but, as our family grew, things were becoming complicated. During a tent trip to the Smokies, our youngest had breakfast in his highchair while sitting outside—in his snowsuit. It was then that we decided it was time for a change. We began putting money aside for one special trip every year in a rented RV. We still went tent camping in between our RV trips whenever the weather was mild, and even purchased a VW camper in 1970. Well, not the official VW camper, that was beyond our budget. We bought a new VW van and then made some modifications, including a jalousie screened window, a roof vent, an exterior oil cooler, a front-end spare tire mount, a large rooftop rack and a storage box-bed-bench seat.  Between our van, our tent and a sometimes-yearly RV rental, we spent the next fifteen years roaming the east coast between Maine and Tennessee. We were happy, but we still... [Read more...]

Do You Know the Way…to Santa Fe?

September 11, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

While touring Santa Fe on our recent impromptu visit, we were again taken with all the city has to offer. The architecture is like no other. Most buildings are built in the pueblo style—not exactly like the structures in your typical state capitol. They tend to be accented with doors, window frames and railing areas of bright color, in the Spanish tradition, which is another distinctive quality and tells you you are not in Kansas (or Wisconsin—no Packer regalia) anymore! This provides a feel that supports the city’s nickname: the city different. There is also quite a southern feel to some of the Santa Fe architecture. Surrounding the plaza there are several buildings that sport large white porches and statuesque columns reminiscent of southern mansions. These mix quite pleasingly with the pueblo-style structures and the profusion of flowering trees and shrubs that thrive in its moderate climate. You get a real feel that the entire place moves at a slower pace, there is no rush,... [Read more...]

Foraging And Fishing in Cordova, Alaska

September 11, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

I was very fortunate to visit Cordova, Alaska last week. The Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association hosted a fall press trip so they invited me plus four other food writers/professionals to visit the area.  The Copper River region is most well known for the ultra rich wild salmon that is pulled from the local waters. This Alaskan salmon is revered worldwide, and in Seattle there is always lots of hype when the season’s first catch arrives at the airport! While in Cordova, Amy, Shauna, Danny, Joelen and I toured the fishing village, met fishermen and artists, fished for coho, and foraged for wild cranberries.  When we arrived on Tuesday afternoon, the winds were howling and the rain was falling in force. The second day wasn’t much better, but we all managed to grab a rod and fish off the shore for about an hour. We didn’t catch anything, but we certainly had a few nibbles. Without a doubt, we enjoyed the adventure with our guide from the Orca Adventure... [Read more...]

Tips for Choosing RV Parks/Campgrounds

September 10, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

Tips for Choosing RV Parks/Campgrounds

Choices for RV parks and campgrounds include luxurious RV resorts, activity-filled family destinations, 55+ parks, secluded natural settings, and basic parks conveniently located for an overnight stay. Prices also run the gamut. Campsite at Devil's Garden Campground in Arches National Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved There is a variety of campgrounds, each offering different amenities and activities. These include private RV parks; casino camping; membership parks; national, state, and county park campgrounds; Army Corps of Engineers parks; national and state forest campgrounds; and service club facilities. Consider Your Needs What are the best tips for choosing a campground and campsite that you and your family will love? Nothing can make or break your RV trip like choosing a campground not suited to your family’s needs and interests. When selecting a park, think about your camping style and ask yourself the following questions: Are you camping with a young family? Are... [Read more...]

LED The Way

September 7, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

LED The Way

LED’s or Light Emitting Diodes are leading the way in energy efficient RV lighting. Converting your existing energy wasting incandescent RV lighting to LED’s makes sense and is now relatively inexpensive – and easy!. RVs typically come from the factory with 12-volt automotive type filament lamps, halogen, or florescent lighting. The automotive type lamps produce more heat than light, wasting as much as 90% of the electrical energy required. Halogen lamps provide more light, but still produce a tremendous amount of heat in the process. Florescent lamps are the lowest consumers of energy, but the voltage converters required for fluorescents to operate off of 12-volts are not extremely efficient. So, why should you care about the efficiency of your 12-volt RV lighting? 24 SMD replacement wafer for G8 hallogen bulbs The number one reason is the amount of current drawn from your RV batteries.  If you are off-grid, conventional lighting can quickly discharge your batteries.  Converting... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: Life with a Brazil Nut

September 6, 2011 by · 6 Comments 

Things happens in the underbelly of RV parks that probably wouldn’t happen in “real” life. Take late last night, for example: My husband, Renato, and I were walking Lap 4 of the 5 around the park it takes to equal a mile. Our new neighbors, two couples traveling together, called out for us to join them at their table, resplendent with wine bottles and glasses. Now, while I may appear outgoing in print, I can be slow to socialize and tire quickly of anything that doesn’t look like my bed and my Nook. Once I get going though, I can yak up a major storm. Renato, on the other hand, is unquestionably on the shy side, unless he knows you. Then he can get going pretty good, too. So, we sated this nice people’s curiosity about us. Yes, I’m from Ohio, and yes I went to Ohio State and yes, it was under the reign of “3 yards and a cloud of dust” Woody Hayes. Our new friends’ demeanors were a study in politeness but the story of my corn-fed life didn’t seem to bowl anyone over.... [Read more...]

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